The creation of an Educated Citizen

This came up on my Facebook stream. Of course, I remembered the speech from a long time ago, I read it rather than watched it. Watching it reminds me, that sometimes, historical speeches need to be listened to. As a history and political junky, I do at times search YouTube for speeches from political figures that hold an understanding of the world that they live in. This speech today somehow moved me as it linked to a discussion I have been having in the world of academics and with those who care for Higher Education.

JFK’s speech, showing up in my feed, caught my interest because it was about education. As I listened to it. I realized that this is the same argument we are having today about the very nature and need for education. Even more so with the Trump’s administration attempt to rob education, and thereby robbing the future of democracy in which a citizen can fully participate not as a spectator but as a participant.

He states in his speech, “…only an educated and informed people will be a free people; that the ignorance of one vote in a democracy impairs the security of all…” Isn’t that’s what happening today? It’s clear that because we live in a 24-hour news cycle, fake news serving red meat along side of biased news, we push of critical thinking skills away because it’s on the internet..

We rush out and we grab on what makes us “feel” something, rage, anger, hate, and passion. What happens when the news cycle changes? We don’t get to take the time we need to be informed citizens. I don’t think that JFK is saying that everyone needs to be college educated or even “formally” educated, I believe what he is saying is that we need to be diligent, use our ability to think and inform ourselves about our world.

We as good citizens should pursue activities that will allow ourselves to learn about the world we live in, add to our knowledge base and to be able to look at all points of view in order to make an informed decision which is best for our government and our world.

As educators, we need to really understand this. We are not just educating learners on a particular subject, we are creating educated citizens, who can contribute to democracy, not just our niche.  Education should include things like Critical Thinking, independent exploration of ideas and thoughts, and a good understanding how our political system works. This doesn’t have to be party or ideology specific, good critical thinking skills should be used no matter what the ideology is.

Yes, it’s hard and sometimes difficult to create assignments in your field that can help challenge, create discussion, and provoke thought, but doing so will help and encourage participation. JFK in the speech talks about service to our country, what better service can an educator have than to provide tools to all citizen learners so they can make informed and educated choices to make our country strong.

“…the educated citizen has a special obligation to encourage the pursuit of learning, to promote exploration of the unknown, to preserve the freedom of inquiry and to assist at every level of government…”

Isn’t that what an educators mission is? Just asking….

Ceit’s Sketching Fun

I am going to do a series of YouTube Videos on my adventures in Watercolor. I am not great at it, but I do enjoy it.


First sketching video. I am really just starting in the past year. I love to watch videos on drawing and watercolor. I try to sketch daily but sometimes I can’t do it..

The Materials I used
Bee Paper Company
Super Deluxe Mixed Media
4x6in. 150gm – 60 sheet spiral bound

Pentel Waterbrush.
Pocket Pallet (I found it on Etsy not eBay – I love these pallets but you can create your own small portable pallets. I have several that I am going to feature in a video in the future)

Daniel Smith Watercolors – Do I need them at this point? Probably not, but I do love the colors. I also use Revees watercolors I found for a set of 18 at Michaels for 8 dollars, in my Coloring books.

Escoba Travel Brush – I love them so much. The only draw back is if I have to bring water with me.

I will show my travel kit in a later video.

Thank you for watching.

Online Dating Pt2: THE Scammers delight

Every Scam is different, but they all work in somewhat the same way. It’s frustrating and sometimes aggravating when you first start online dating. Suddenly you experience someone who claims they care, and you start to build a friendship with that person only to find out they aren’t who they claim to be. Then the illusion falls away when you realize that they aren’t using “their” own pictures. It happens on every website, not just the free ones. I met my first scammer on

I was flattered because unlike some of the men that I met online, he text regularly, he knew what to say, and up until he was discovered he was kind. I felt stupid when I found out, because I was supposed to be “wicked smaht.” I felt like I wasn’t. I felt duped and played. I found out over careful investigation, and through questioning, he wasn’t the person who I thought I was talking to.

Some of the things just didn’t make sense. I googled his phone number and found it belonging to Viber (this site and kik are home to scammers and to married men looking for something on the side- be weary when someone asks you to get of the dating site and on to those services), a free telephone service. I asked for specific details about where he lived in MA, and he just told me Downtown Boston – no street nothing (when pressed he told me his parents bought it for him). He was supposed to be in Army, but graduated Annapolis, when I looked for the year he graduated, he wasn’t listed. I finally found that the style of military email that he was using wasn’t used by the military anymore, and the email was generated by a spoofer located in the Ukraine. So I confronted him. I just really wanted to know why he was doing this. It didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t get my answers, the Viber number and email that he was using disappeared.

I got “wicked smaht” after that. Thankfully, I wasn’t taken for money or for dirty pictures (don’t just don’t share personal pictures to a stranger). It just left me feeling just down.

I hear from more and more friends that they meet these wonderful men, then they find out that they are scammers, and their heart breaks. The scammers give us the illusion of what we want from others. The thing is, it happens to everyone, woman, man, straight, gay, etc.. They play with the feelings of people who are want to believe in love and happiness and want to share it with others.

I know that this sounds cruel, but I go in with the belief that all people that communicate through a dating service or online is a scammer. But a good rule to follow is: Start vetting before you communicate with the person, and you can do this. You can identify them almost immediately if you read their profiles. Before you talk to them. Are they using a full name, like Scott Brown (or my favorite is when they call themselves Brown Scott, not knowing that usually Brown is not a first name. It tells me that got the name from a database somewhere).

Let’s look at some I have come across:

Scammer ID

The Bot: This was from a dating site called Plenty of Fish, where you can instantly communicate with whoever. In this case I suspected a Scammer but wanted to know more and have fun. Usually the man is a widow with young children. He tells a sad story, I heard this before and new it would be a script so I created an unbelievable story to see if he would move from his script and he didn’t.

This type of scammer is called a bot, someone at the other end or a program sends out these communication. The objective of this is to get you off the site, either to continue the communication or to get your infromation. Don’t click on these links usually, it’s malware.




Military Man: Scott Beckler, is a fake, he is in uniform and is posing as a “Peace Keeper in Syria”   – We currently do not have any Peace Keepers in Syria, or any contracters in Syria, nor do we have a forward base there. They will call themselves Military Men, and do not use miltary jargon, not even the ones that are common. In this case, I figured I would give it back to him to see if he could ID the jargon I used. He didn’t know any of the Jargon I used. I knew he was a Scammer because he used his real name on Skout, no one does.



The Fictional Character: Sometimes the Scammers most likely do not know they are based on some sort of fake character from a popular western TV show. I just couldn’t help myself. When John Smith (in this case Smith, John) blonde and sporting a bow tie, I just couldn’t help myself. The conversation goes longer than what I have here, he asked me my name and I told him I was Sarah Jane. But it shows how ridiculous it is. I would have just x him but my favorite character texting me on a dating site, what girl could resist. It was like Skout gave me a little gift, just a sampling of goodness. But the sad part of this, is a woman didn’t know Doctor Who (the Doctor goes by John Smith at times), she would have been swept away by a handsome man who would be interested in her.

Why Scammers? I don’t know, all I know is that they are horrible people. Usually, woman get scammers from Nigeria or Russia, for some reason the men get them from Russia and the Philippines. It could be that they are working for others who split the money or the information that they gather.

Tinder profile.


Then there are just really disgusting men out there. That are not Scammer but are not super nice. This was taken from Tinder. I guess I saved these images because I wanted to share them with others to say that they aren’t alone, that this is really happening. There are a lot more Screen grabs that I haven’t shared, because some of them are to disgusting to share.

I can’t tell you how many unsolicited penis pictures I have gotten. I don’t know why men think it’s okay to send them,

I don’t have a lot of experience on the guy side, but in talking to some of the men, they get crazy scammers. Some just wonder outloud if these dating sites work.

But here is the thing about Scammers, they are everywhere. They will send you a message through Facebook. They will send you an unsolicited text message. They will prey anywhere they thing they can find people that will fall for them.

If a situation feels to go to be true, it could be. Trust your gut, but also trust your ability to do a google search. Search facebook for them. See if you can find out who they say they are. Sometimes you will be surprised.

Next, the Married Ones —

Curriculum: What the fuzzy heck?

Curriculum, how many times have I heard the word thrown out there with little or no regard to what it means. Supposedly it’s interchange about with “course design.” I hear, “Oh, I gotta go and right curriculum tonight.” or “we can just whip up a curriculum.”  I hear these things and I want to cringe, hide, take cover, or want to say what Inigo Montoya says in the Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Let’s look at what the word means according to Wikipedia (I love Wikipedia – so Hush!) 

“In education, a curriculum (/kəˈrɪkjᵿləm/; plural: curricula /kəˈrɪkjᵿlə/ or curriculums) is broadly defined as the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process.[1][2] The term often refers specifically to a planned sequence of instruction, or to a view of the student’s experiences in terms of the educator’s or school’s instructional goals. In a 2003 study Reys, Reys, Lapan, Holliday and Wasman refer to curriculum as a set of learning goals articulated across grades that outline the intended mathematics content and process goals at particular points in time throughout the K–12 school program.[3] Curriculum may incorporate the planned interaction of pupils with instructional content, materials, resources, and processes for evaluating the attainment of educational objectives.[4] Curriculum is split into several categories, the explicit, the implicit (including the hidden), the excluded and the extra-curricular.[5][6][7]


So what can we gather from the above:

  • It’s set by an institution
  • It’s part of instructional goals of an institution
  • And it’s preset by the institution

Let’s look at Google’s definition of Curriculum:

“the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.”


For the fun of it let’s look at Meriam Webster’s definition:

Definition of curriculum



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  1. 1:  the courses offered by an educational institution the high school curriculum

  2. 2:  a set of courses constituting an area of specialization the engineering curriculum the biological sciences curriculumt he liberal arts curriculum

The different plural forms of curriculum

Curriculum is from New Latin (a post-medieval form of Latin used mainly in churches and schools and for scientific coinages), in which language it means “a course of study.” It shares its ultimate root in classical Latin, where it meant “running” or “course” (as in “race course”), with words such as corridor, courier, and currency, all of which come from Latin currere “to run.”

As is the case with many nouns borrowed directly from Latin, there is often some confusion as to the proper way to form its plural. Both curricula and curriculums are considered correct.

This word is frequently seen in conjunction with vitae; a curriculum vitae (Latin for “course of (one’s) life”) is “a short account of one’s career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position” – in other words, a résumé. Curriculum vitae is abbreviated CV, and is pluralized as curriculavitae. (“Curriculum.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.)

Okay, now that we looked at the definition of Curriculum, it is not something that an Instructor, faculty, or teacher creates, but rather an institution. The Curriculum covers many subjects and gives a prescription and direction in what the institution desires for what is taught.

What is it then people mean by writing a Curriculum? They are writing lesson plans, a syllabus, content for the class they will teach, designing instruction, writing lesson objectives or outcomes, or other direct course needs. Some are engaged in Instructional Design or even Lesson Design, where the learners are centric to the development of the material, while Curriculum Design is about the Institutions needs.

NERCOMP: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Course

If you never heard of NERCOMP before, I highly encourage you to go over and look at what they have to offer to those who are IDer and ITers in Higher Education in the New England area.

certificates for ceit

Wall of Certificates at Work with recently added Completion of CAPM course

I was lucky enough to receive professional development money to attend a 3-day course for CAPM. CAPM stands for Certified Associate in Project Management. This certification process is through the PMI (Project Management Insitute).  The class was offered through NERCOMP and facilitated through to New Horizons Learning Solutions. The PMI have tough requirements which made this particular course crammed packed full of information and how to take the certification test.

I decided on NERCOMP because the ATD has modified the Project Management course to make it relevant to Trainers or Instructional Designers. They call their program Project Management for Learning Professionals and is a 2-day course, it was more expensive than the NERCOMP course and didn’t cover as much information. You can also pick up the Project Management for Trainers through Amazon. I strongly recommend the book, it’s a good “techie” read and will help you understand the basics of Project Management in the ID process (they use ADDIE, SAM, and Agile — more towards SAM because that is what the ATD is moving towards).

Although, it looks like that the two course are different, even though they share the concept of project management, the two are not the same. Project Management from the viewpoint of the PMI is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements (PMBOK p. 554) The book also defines a project as a temporary endeavor and is different from operational controls — For instance building a course is a project, while the maintenance of the course is operational.

PMI has created a system to manage projects from large to small. Their system can be found again in their guide, known at PMBOK, on Page 61. In this chart it lays out five processes and 10 areas of knowledge. This “system” guides the Project Manager from start to finish. The PMBOK is a comprehensive guide.

The course is extremely taxing on the mind and body, it’s 3 days 9:00am to 5:30pm (the last day we went to 6:00pm). It covers everything from how to initiate the process to how to close. As you can see from the PDF that I linked above there are a lot of steps in the process and as Instructional Designers you might not have hands on experience with, like Risks & Cost, but will have control over Time, Quality, Scope, Communication, Quality, and possibly Managing people.

I think I will sit for the CAPM exam, within the next few months, be

PMBOK and Bootcamp books

Two heavy-weights. The PMBOK which is 589 pages and the BootCamp book weighing in over 624 pages.

cause I truly think that Project Management and Instructional Design are interconnected. Although, Instructional Designers are taught in school time management, and we might have created a gantt chart, understand what a milestone is, Instructional Design systems leave out a few steps that Managing Instructional Designers might not be exposed too. It’s important I think (even in academia) it’s important to know the cost, the risks, associated with courses.


I am sure that I will hear rounds of; In academia, we don’t need another business model, because of Academic Freedoms. I don’t think some systems lack Academic Freedoms I think it allows Academics to be more creative and invest in tools that will allow Learners become critical thinkers. Let’s face it, it’s pretty scary suddenly have to understand costs and risk (in money).

But if we academics can look at the Risks and costs, in terms of the human element. What if this course doesn’t run, how will affect a student’s retention or ability to gain employment or the college’s ability to get a particular certification from a licensing body.

I look forward to sitting for the exam even with my dreaded Test Anxiety.

What I would like do is write a few blog posts on the differences between IDS and PM (PMI)  and how these systems can be used in Higher Education.

Updated Note:

The NERCOMP Course provides the material that is needed to complete the course. It doesn’t include the cost of membership to the PMI ($129 plus $10 application fee) nor the Fee to take the Test.


Would I recommend this course to others? YES, I definitely would.

Will I take the Certification? Yes, but most likely in the late Spring.


Certificate of Completion

Online Dating Part 1: The System

What is an online dating post doing on a blog about learning? Simple, life is an ocean and each ebb and flow of our lives is a learning experience. Online dating is just another part of life. I was sitting with a great friend having a drink and we were laughing over, the at times the hilarious but brutal reality of online dating. She said, “Ceit, you need to write about it!” She went on to say all of these antidotal stories are important to women, not just woman, but to all woman. Certainly, men can benefit from my handy dandy system. Oh come on, I am an Instructional Designer, so I do have a system.

Of course, this system didn’t come easy, as with anything worth learning, there were ups and downs. The biggest hurdle of online dating is not getting a clear picture of who you are talking to. So part of my system is to identify who you are talking to. That might seem easy because dating sites and meet-up sites have pictures of people and beautiful, and some not, written profiles. It’s not, why, people lie, apparently a lot, especially online, and especially men.

The System!

  1. Really look at the profile and picture. Some sites don’t let you get to the full profile, while other sites let you. For instance, look at the age, does the age match the photo, yes there are some people that don’t look their age, I am one of them. I get that. But use common sense.
    1. Is the picture recent? Many times men post pictures of their “best” manly look, that might be from years ago.
    2. Does the profile summary match the text language? Yes, sometimes people let others write their profile information. This can be annoying. It’s always good to ask questions about their profile. If they don’t answer directly, it’s time to move on.
    3. Look for red flags or even good flags. For instances if you always wanted to date and be in a relationship with a fellow Treker, well see what their likes are, if they say I hate sci-fi, that might be an indicator of not a good match for you.
    4. Make sure that your lifestyle and their lifestyle is compatible. For instance, I pretty much lead a childfree life, so if I was looking at a profile and he says that he is a single father of 3 children under the age of 13. I know that I don’t want to be a stepmom. I love kids but it doesn’t make any sense to me to even approach him.
    5. To good to be true:
      1. Do the pictures look it was taken by a professional – The guy looks like he just walked off the cover of GQ or they look like advertisement pictures.
      2. Does the profile say he is a millionaire or well off, usually, people with money don’t advertise it.
      3. The picture is of a man dressed in Military uniform or Gear. This is a red flag. Not saying military personnel don’t go on dating sites, they just don’t do it in uniform. If the uniform is Navy, and the guy says he is a Military Man, you know, to run, ( I willl be talking about Scammers in a later blog post. But I can’t tell you how many generals I have wanting just me. LOL
  2. Say Hello!
    1. Say hello and say something about their profile, this really does help start a communication. Don’t wait until they text you.
  3. Engage:
    1. Ask questions.
      1. If the profile says they are from a city or town next door, ask them if they been to a place you know. If they say, well they are actually living overseas and haven’t been home in a long time, then you know to move on.
    2. Ask him/her to meet.
      1. The purpose of online dating is to bring it to an offline public setting
        1. Safety first:
          1. bright open places
          2. Have a Wing person. Give a friend the name of the place that you are meeting someone. Text your friend at different times through the date and tell the person you are meeting that you are doing this.
        2. If they can’t meet, but wish only to communicate online or through an outside program like, Skype, kik, email, or any other messenger service that should send up red flags.
      2. Have Fun!
        1. There might have been chemistry during the texting and phone phase but let’s face it, you will only know until you meet them.
        2. It’s okay not to have chemistry.
        3. Try different places to meet. Something that you both might like.
        4. It’s okay if you or the other person don’t like each other, it’s a date!
      3. Be TRUE to You.
        1. Don’t settle.

These are simple steps or they should be. I left a lot of things out and I will cover more things along the way. The simple fact is that you need to be a bit of an investigator because many times people lie about almost everything online.  There are many reasons.

I did leave an important part. it’s a standalone piece. It’s the rules of engagement and is part of the lifestyle part of it as well. Here is a list:

  1. Can they meet you tomorrow: This isn’t about, no I can’t because I have plans, but rather, it’s to see if they are real and not a scammer or other dubious reason. If they can meet great if they can’t you might want to investigate.
  2. Are they employed? Now before you say, but… Hear me out. If it isn’t important to you, it’s fine. But dating someone who cannot afford to do things, is not fun. It’s a drain on you. I am not saying don’t give someone a chance because they aren’t employed, but it could be a red flag.How are they supporting themselves, are they looking for a free meal?
  3. Do they have a car? If this isn’t a lifestyle choice. Meaning they live in an area that affords them not to have one, or they want to reduce their carbon footprint, or because they have a disability – But can get around, without your car. It’s pretty difficult to date someone who can’t come to you or meet you half way. Transportation is a must. For instance a person I started talking to lived only about a 15 minute car ride, when we started talking about meeting he told me that he didn’t have a car, and would have come by bus (which would take an hour). I said no because I didn’t want to be responsible for him missing a bus, and I really didn’t want to drive a stranger home.


This is my system. It’s not infallible, but it’s a start. My next post is about Scammers, how to spot, block and report!

Personal Learning — An Instructional Designer perspective


Screencapture of Watercolor Study notebook

OneNote Watercolor Study. Note Book

Sometimes you don’t want formal instruction, but rather to explore on your own, to take your time and focus on certain things. Personal learning is a concept that learning is directed by the needs of the learner. Although, more and more personal learning spaces are showing up in Academics, individuals can set up their own Personal Learning Spaces with tools like OneNote. You can see my personal learning space I used in Onenote: Watercolor Study – OneNote – View only 

The set up is very simple, I added tabs across the top that will allow me quick access to those specific concepts, ideas, and interests I have in watercolor. In the first tab, I asked what I wanted to do, this is my goal, assignment, mission statement area. This tab includes my story. It gives me the ability to set long and short term goals. I can even give myself specific measurable learning objectives. In Academics, Instructors could provide a syllabus and instructions. Since this is an informal learning space in which I am learning as I go along, my goals will be broad and not specific. As I learn, I can be more specific and detailed. Since I am using OneNote as my platform, I can add editors and viewers, which means that I can add mentors or others who share the hobby or the profession.

To keep track of the material that I consume, I use the OneNote chrome extension and

Image of Chrome extension in action.

OneNote Chrome Extension

place it under the tab that I think it belongs. I really like the extension app because it allows me to save things quickly in different formats, full page(saves an HTML file in Onenote), screen-capture of area of screen, bookmarks, or other formats.  No need for cutting and pasting. In OneNote, there is an ability to annotate the page, add notes, and to customize it. This comes in helpful when I want to make notes about my work.



Screencapture of My Work Section in OneNore

My Work section with notes!

At some point I will want real feedback from others, this will help me share the work with the person I want feedback from and allow them to edit the notebook. Possibly to add additional resources I don’t have, to evaluate the material I have in the Notebook (is it good enough), give assignments, and/or project ideas. Feedback not only from those who are in the field, but other learners can be a powerful tool. The nice thing about OneNote, is that you the learner can dictate how you want the feedback and in what format. To keep track of my work I created a My Work tab and used my camera on my phone to take a picture of it and upload it via the OneNote Android app.  I can also use the Andriod App to upload images for future projects, take notes on the go (using the keyboard or draw with my finger).

Starting a OneNote for a personal learning is easy and totally customizable. Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Title the notebook for the type of learning you want.
  2. Create goals, and break down the goals into bite-sized pieces that you can obtain in short periods of time.
  3. Give yourself assignments. Just don’t “watch” a video, make sure you do something with the knowledge in the video. If you watch a video on “how-to” something then follow along. You can always pause, go back, or move forward.
  4. Be critical of the material you are using. Only you can see if the material is useful to you.
  5. Create different sections. Even if you don’t end up using them, or they turn out to have a life of their own, you can modify them, split them up, or even delete them.
  6. Use the clipping tool from Chrome, it helps you to organize better.
  7. Be creative, look at different ways you can use OneNote.
    1. Record a note – Audio or Video
    2. Draw with a pen tool or your finger (on a touch screen device)
    3. Use the TO Do list and if you have it linked to Outlook you can add them to your calendar.

Over all, this process is working for me. As an Instructional Designer, I like to have neat and organized areas to put my learning material. As I grow more comfortable with Watercolor, I can imagine this space growing into a Place where others can benefit from the information in it.

#OneNote #PersonalLearning #Instructional Design

Quick Tool Post: 5 Tools for Higher Education Educators

Listed below are five powerful tools that Higher Education Educators can adapt to their courses.


Create a hashtag for your class and invite students to ask questions in the background, share information with other students. It also can be used to tag articles, people, blog, events, and other useful information.

Today’s Meet 

Today’s Meet is an interactive way to have a text chat discussion. It’s free and students do not have to sign in. Educators need to sign in (you can use a google account) in order to create the chatroom.


Can be used collaboratively to gather and share content in an organized way.

Facebook Live/Periscope 

Provide students with interactive feedback. Schedule a time to go over student works, mini-lecture, or thoughts and additional information.

Google Forms 

This is a great way for students to learn data collection and analysis.

How I use OneNote for Instructional Design

I have used #OneNote for many years. OneNote is a tool that comes with Microsoft Office 365 and can be used free online. I really love the freeform and how easy it is to use. I started to use it while I was in Graduate School studying for my Master’s Degree in Education (Instructional Design). I found it very helpful to organize my thoughts, projects, and assignments.

When I started to work at a college I used it to manage the programs that I was assigned to. I worked closely with the Occupational Therapy  and kept records of Instructors, courses, notes about particular classes, and tasks that I needed to complete. It really allowed me to see what I did, look at what was in process, and plan for the future. Everything was in place.


As One Note added more and more features, like cloud compatibility. I started to share notebooks with others, use it to collaborate with others, and use it to give structure to courses that I was designing.  In this example of the Workforce Notebook, I organized the course that I was designing with a tab for Meetings in Admin (meeting notes, timetable, tasks- which I could also link to my outlook inbox-, any important email, document, or other important to the project information. The next sections addressed each module of the course (each page laid out the flow, content, order, and any content that would go into the course.). Finally, there was a tab for the information about the current project, description, stakeholders, etc…

What is the process that I use to create a OneNote Notebook? I start with a pen and a notebook at meetings, whiteboards in meetings. I create a Notebook for a project prior to the first meeting, I organize it into sections. After the meeting, I upload pictures of my notes, whiteboard, audio recordings, videos, files, or any other important information, into the relevant section. I then assign tasks, notes, and actionable items. For tasks, I link them to my outlook calendar.

OneNote in the classroom can be a powerful tool. It could allow instructors to annotate math problems, allow students to collaborate on projects, share web information (by using Clip to OneNote for Chrome), ideas.


Here are some places to help start you with OneNote:

Microsoft OneNote 2016 – NEW! Tutorial – YouTube

OneNote for Teachers – Interactive Guides

OneNote Class Notebook



Social Media For Higher Ed

Mind Map

Mind Map Social Media for Higher Ed

Social Media is a catch-all phrase that includes anything which allows for a person to interact with others (and information) through the use of the internet. Social Media exposes us to new information, knowledge, and culture in ways that were not possible without it. Social Media over the last 10 years has been sneaking into every aspect of our lives due to smartphone usages.

Business Insider lists the top apps for this year Facebook Messenger is rapidly becoming the most used messaging app, it allows people to connect whether it’s through Facebook of SMS (text messaging through your cell phone) It has over 700 million users worldwide.

Along with messenger apps, that allow you to talk to your friends and family, there are also live streaming apps like Facebook Live and periscope. Apps like Facebook live allow people to stream news and important events from anywhere, it has been used in several high-profile cases in the last year.

But there are also “idea” sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Instant new apps like Twitter allows you to follow what is happening now in your area of interest. It allows people to have a voice.

Social Media, if we like it or not, is where people get their news, knowledge and non-formal education. For instance, my 10-year-old niece wanted to learn how to draw a character from Pokémon and she went and found a YouTube video that helped her.  Because there are many people on YouTube generating videos, she was able to select the style of video that would help her the most.

Using social media in a classroom can help students, think critical, develop analytical skills, and develop their research style. Before thinking about using Social Media in the classroom you should consider the following.

  • FERPA – Protects students private records like grades. This means that student grades, or feedback, should be published online. Grades should be handled through protected means like the LMS or college email. Also, consider students privacy, by allowing students to register anonymously or with a pseudonym when registering on a particular site. You might want to review netiquette requirements and talk about professionalism.
  • If students do not wish to have an online footprint then allow for alternative submission.
  • Check your own online footprint and see if you want to create separate accounts for personal and educational.
  • Check the reason why you want to use social media
  • Make sure you understand how to use the tool, including privacy settings and terms of use.

Here are some great websites about the use of Social Media in the college classroom.

Social Media Library , Educause

Social Learning In Instructional Design: Practical Tips To Design Effective Collaborative eLearning Activities, eLearning Industry

Is Your Use of Social Media FERPA Compliant? (From 2014) Educause review

How I Teach Social Media in My University Classroom, Hootsuite blog, Karen Freberg

Social Media: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong Inside Higher Ed

Importance of Social Media in Higher Education, Ed Tech Review

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, edutopia

25 Awesome Social Media Tools for Education, Inform Ed

99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated], Online College

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom,

30 Innovative Ways to Use Twitter In the Classroom, edudemic

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom, Center for Online education

Using Pinterest in the College Classroom, Pinterest

Effective Use of Instagram in the Classroom Infographic, e-Learning

5 Ways to Use Snapchat as A Teaching and Learning Tool in Higher Education @aiaddysonzhang, I social fanz

Snapchat as a tool (NPR)

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